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Korea (Imagine Cup) Day 2

And onto Day 2 , the presentation was at 9.00am. it went very very well.

Just after the presentation some of the Argentinean team came over for a chat

DontTalkAboutTheWar  

During the chat a Mexican film crew came around and started talking about the UK and Argentina , in my deep subconscious all I could hear was one of my school teachers saying just before a school trip to Germany "DONT MENTION THE WAR, BOY" only to hear the word "Malvenas"  from the film crew and feel a very tight feeling in my stomach.

However the girl from the Argentinean team discussed very vocally that students who are keen on education are thinking forward, not harboring grudges :) , I suspect that was not the coverage that was being hoped for.

The Results are in and I have to say I am quite surprised that the UK team are not through to the next round.

Everybody retired to the bar to plot despicable plans in the provided Dr Evil chairs.

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Korea (Imagine Cup) Day 1

Well here we are Day 1 , it already feels like Thursday.  

Set up has gone well , everything is working on the initial pass.

the booth looking nice and tidy

Empty

then we filled the booth with some riff-raff

Full

and then the first presentation

First Presentation

 The presentation went will, the QandA was a bit hairy more due to tiredness than anything else

Korea (Imagine Cup) Day 0 - Addenda

There small set of minor interesting points have happened today so there they are in no order

Coke but not as we know it

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the cans are smaller ( 250Ml ) which is just wrong. Taste is well odd, but nice.

General consumption of personal body weights in coke has continued. 

One of the nice finds is Grape Fanta - YUM

The W has a rather spiffy wooden mirror ( a camera controlled set of rotating wooden blocks ).

 Wooden Mirror

I wonder if I can get Richard to buy one for the office

One of the nice features of the hotel is the concern for My Safety. if I have to run through the building while it is on fire , a safety hood is provided

Escape 1

which is nice , but that is not all , if I have to go out through the window ( of my 11th floor room )

Escape2

they supply harness and winch. 11 floors , surely we could have had mini-paragliders and the escape would look more James Bond-esc. 

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Korea (Imagine Cup) Day 0

I am in Korea with the UK Imagine Cup team and I thought a small picture journey would help

here is the team with a rangy stranger in Paris CDG

Paris  

in Seoul Airport mmmm Noodles

Air1  

What says Oriental efficiency more than a ride on Mop :)

Air2

the chaps on our transport bus ( Luxury ), Jim seems to be having some tummy trouble.

Bus1

the trip in was a bit gloomy but SEOUL is HUGE

SEO

the first Imagine cup signs

SEO2

Once we were all in , we had the choice of sleeping after set up or going into town, so the obvious choice was for a group of us , all without a single word of Korean , no local currency but blind faith in that a High Tech shop was nearby , all hoped on a bus to the bemusement of the driver and resulted in

TM

TechnoMart , 10 floors of High tech goodies

TM2

this place was stunning , however after one or two identical stalls of high tech , the next 200 hundred paled. however I was thinking of a 52" LCD but now 63" is the minimum. Another strange note that Samsung seems to brand as LDVV here !

also TechNoMart has dancing Ladies to direct traffic into the store !

Tm3

 

in a stroke of good luck we managed to make it back.

the rest of the day was NOT made up of donut induced last minute coding

DOH

 

Visual Studio Rosario

I think the guys in the VS team have outdone themselves, not only has Visual Studio 2008 beta 2 just been released , BUT the preview of the version of visual studio to follow is now available here. Mine is on its way down :)

 

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Boss on Tour

Well after leaving home Friday lunchtime , now Sunday at 11.00am I am in Korea with the Seedlings for the World Wide Final of the Imagine Cup. Tired does not even come close to describing how I feel.

 

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Sysadmin Deep Doo Doo

I was out of the office on Friday and a little birdie has just reminded me that I missed partaking in the celebrations that are Sysadmin day. On Sysadmin day legend has it Sysadmin's demand more ego massaging than normal to such an extent that it take days for their swollen egos to return to normal and they can actually fit through the door of the machine room.

I am concerned that my failure to partake could end up with my laptop being exchanged with a commodore pet and my phone replaced with something made of Bakelite, so if all of our Sysadmin's out there are reading this , presents have been ordered and will be with you shortly.

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Name Space Collisions

We have been suffering some staff problems recently, everybody we hire has a name that is already in use elsewhere in the company. So we have decided to reorganise the Black Marble name space, initial thoughts included post name numbering , but nobody could agree if the numbering base should be zero or one and Richard 0 was not complementary (Rik however liked the idea of being No 2) . The usual list of server/workstation naming suggestions came and went but in the end the solution came when clearing out the freebies cupboard and some of the devs took some old BM Red polo shirts. So next time you are visiting say hello to some of our interns Ensign's Disposable,Expendable and Der Trihs , you will be able to find them crawling around in the Jefferies tubes before being send out as part of a customer landing party.

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Update : the sad part is most of our Interns think of STNG as the old Star Trek <sigh> and don't get the joke.

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Living with IT Managers

Rik sent me this to illustrate the pain of not having a new server within the last week and has suggested that we may need to move to this if his demands of a bi-weekly addition to the server farm is not met.

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